Lorna MacDougall

Lorna joined the team in August 2020. Her main focus is to develop and support research activity within our PCNs.
Lorna is a trained Paediatric Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
She enjoys travelling and her ambition is to visit Red Square in Moscow.

Dr Priyan Gunawardena

Dr Gunawardena qualified from the University of Manchester in 2004.  He completed his hospital training in Preston, Chorley and Blackpool and qualified as a GP in 2010.  He has previously worked as a GP in Wigan and Chester prior to joining Ashfields.

Dr Simon Gowda

Dr Gowda qualified from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. After spending time in hospital posts he enrolled on the GP training scheme and joined Ashfields as a full time salaried doctor in 2009. His interests include joint injections, community surgery including vasectomy, cancer and medical education.

He is the organiser of evening educational meetings at Ashfields. He is a GP tutor and mentor for medical students on placement at the practice as well as an OSCE and FPO examiner for the University of Manchester. He contributes clinical articles to GP magazine and is the author of  iMCQs in General Surgery, a  downloadable educational app which is aimed at medical students and junior doctors.  In 2019, Dr Gowda became the CQC registered manager for the practice.

Dr Neil Paul

Dr Neil Paul qualified in Manchester in 1994 and spent some time in hospital working up to Registrar level before deciding to be a GP. He has been a partner in Sandbach since 2000 and was involved in the merger of the original two surgeries into one. He is currently the lead partner for strategic partnerships and external relations.

He has previously had many roles at the old PCT and then CCG before leaving to help setup a provider federation. Currently his roles include:

  • Non-executive board member on the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance – a not for profit group of 29 practices.
  • Clinical Director of the SMASH Primary care network (7 practices 65K patients)
  • Chair of the SMASH Care Community meetings – encompassing all the health, social care and third sector organisations in the SMASH community.
  • Board member of CCICP – Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership – the local community services provider who employ 700 staff.
  • Shadow Board Member of Cheshire East ICP – the new integrated care organisation being formed in Cheshire East Place

His main clinical interests are cardiovascular disease, diabetes and rheumatology. He does over 200 joint injections a year and shares responsibility for the local bail hostel.

Dr Paul is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool in the school of management helping supervise several PhD Students.

Dr Paul is married to a GP and they have 4 children, though they are starting to leave home! In his spare time, he loves photography, whisky and IT.

Outside of the practice he writes a regular column on primary care IT issues for and is a regular speaker at conferences and runs a blog site called He runs local evening education meetings for GPs and AHPs. He also co-owns and runs a company called Howbeck Healthcare that is a solutions company – helping GP practices, PCNs and GP federations find solutions for their problems, whether it be resilience, staffing, IT or other.